I am delighted to bring you this collaboration with… well, I can’t tell you, because the meta answer is my co-constructor for this puzzle. Without giving too much away, I can tell you that they wrote all the clues for this puzzle, subject to some very light editing from myself. Thanks to Norah for test-solving, and to Erik for the inspiration (and the intro template!).
I know I said last week’s puzzle would be the last of the year, but apparently I am incapable of stopping. We’ll see you back here next week!